The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated hosts Poland 1-0 in Friday night’s international friendly in Wroclaw, even though it largely didn’t measure up to expectations, the West Africans will not mind after Victor Moses’ penalty was enough to see off Robert Lewandowski’s Poland
1. Eagles Defence Play A ‘High line’
A couple of times the Nigerian defence were caught off guard as they hoped to keep the Polish further away from their goal.
The Eagles almost paid dearly for the high line as Robert Lewandowski and company had chances to punish those sloppy defending.
One of the attacking forays led to a low shot fired by Lewandowski that cannoned off the foot of the post and out.
That leads to the next point…
2. Lack of VAR saved our blushes TWICE
There has been heated debate amongst football faithful around the world on the effectiveness of the Video Assistant Referees.
Nigeria captain on the night William Troost Ekong under the pressure of West Bromwich Albion midfielder Gregory Krychkwiak bundled the ball into the Nigerian net but referee Michael Oliver and his assistants failed to spot the ball cross the line. Maybe VAR could have chalked off Moses’ penalty which at the second look, the Polish defenders hardly touched him.
That shows that VAR which will be in use at the World Cup should be used in other competitions and in club football for the leagues yet to embrace it.
3. Moses and Obi The Most Fouled Eagles Players
The duo of Victor Moses and Joel Obi were at the end of some crunchy tackles by the Polish players.
One of those fouls led to the penalty converted by Moses who picked himself up to convert from the spot kick in the 61st minute. The Chelsea ace was the most creative player on the Municipal Stadium turf.
Obi also suffered tackles in some of the midfield battles as well at the right back position where he made himself available to help Shehu Abdullahi deal with the pace of the Polish forward.
4. Despite being jittery, Uzoho keeps another clean sheet
Former Golden Eaglets keeper Francis Uzoho was in action throughout the duration of the game, which meant Enyimba of Aba first choice keeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa was on the bench.
Uzoho made some crucial saves but worth noticing was his save where he came off his lines quick and made himself big to keep out Bayern Talisman and Poland Captain, Lewandowski from scoring just before Moses scored from the spot.
However the Deportivo youngster, had a horrible first half making howlers after another, lacked effective communication with his centre backs and almost made a hash of a corner kick, steppin backwards to his goal with the ball in his hands. He is only 19, at least that’s what we told but he needs to start having a sort of telepathy with is backline if he wants a starting bert in Russia.